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in syria getting much worse. thousands are believed to have died since the struggle for democratic change began. some feel the country is now on the brink of civil war. what happened today was unprecedented. more than 40 people were killed in what is believed to have been to suicide bombings and damascus. the opposition accused the government of staging the blast to try to influence a team of arab service. >> this was a devastating escalation of violence. here in damascus, scenes that evoke the terror of neighboring iraq. according to the government, to suicide bombers drove cars into state intelligence buildings on the west side of the city. a vehicle mangled by the blast. all of this happened in an area that should be one of the most secure in the country. the dead and wounded were said to include security personnel and civilians. >> television broadcast images of the survivors as they recovered and hospital. >> i saw a black car and then an explosion. after that, i was taken to hospital. >> until today, damascus have largely avoided the kind of violence that affected most of the rest o
." twin bomb attacks kill almost 40 in damascus amid fears of bloodshed in syria. but who is responsible? final tributes to paid to the man who helped free his country from communism. and preserving a mighty church organ. be pushes on to find these giant instruments a new home -- the push is on to find these giant instruments a new home. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and also around the globe. is difficult to imagine the situation in syria getting much worse. over the months, a standoff between protesters and security forces have become increasingly violent. some feel the country is on the brink of civil war. but what happens today is unprecedented in the conflict. more than 40 were killed in what is believed to been two suicide bombings in damascus. the opposition accused the government itself for trying to influence the team of arab league observers. >> this was a devastating escalation of syria's vineland's. -- vineland's. is revoked the terror of neighboring iraq. cars packed with explosives. here, a vehicle mangled by the blast. and all of this happened in an area that sh
. >> suarez: the carnage that has bloodied much of syria came home to the capital today. two bombs erupted in damascus, killing nearly four dozen people and wounding more than 150. we begin with a report narrated by inigo gilmore of independent television news. >> reporter: one of the bomb blasts left this huge crater in the ground. the tangled bodies of the dead were ferried away on stretchers, a doubly whammy in the heart of the capital damascus. the targets-- two buildings belonging to syria's security forces. >> ( translated ): i heard the explosion and saw many body parts. there were dead bodies all over the place. bodies of women and children in their cars. >> reporter: the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers driving vehicles packed with explosives. at least that's what the government claims. >> ( translated ): even before >> reporter: even before the dust had settled, syria's state media seized on the attacks, saying they were further evidence of a threat from foreign linked armed gangs. within minutes, state tv were saying terrorists linked to al qaeda were responsible. at
of cancer and pollution. in syria, an advance team of observers from the arab league has arrived in the country amid reports of increasing violence. the full deployment is sent to oversee an arab league peace plan that calls for the withdrawal of troops from the street and the release of all prisoners. at the same time the violence continues and in the latest incident, four civilians have been killed in the central city of homs. what if any pressure can be brought to bear against the assad regime? that is where the questions i posed to the former u.s. ambassador to syria. what can the arab league monitors realistically do? >> we have to note that syria had refused the monitors. they wanted to put so many conditions on it that it would have been worthless. now we know when the arab league threatened to go to the security council, that is when the regime settled. they agreed to 150 monitors coming in. no one who knows this regime believes that these monitors will be given any real freedom to go where they want when they want. the syrians will show them what they want them to see. t
with deadly car bombings in damascus. clarissa ward goes inside syria and meets the rebels plotting to overthrow the regime. mark strassmann on today's new smart cars that can stop themselves to prevent crashes. and steve hartman's "on the road" with santa's toughest challenge. >> santa, for christmas i want my dad to come home. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. no holiday tax increase. after a week-long standoff, the senate, house, and president came together on a two-month extension of the temporary cut in social security payroll taxes. a year ago, that tax rate was lowered from 6.2% to 4.2%. and for a lot of families, that comes to about $80 a month. house republicans wanted a longer extension and they threatened to let the tax cut expire if they didn't get their way. but today they backed down and the president was quick to grab his pen. sharyl attkisson has been covering from the capitol to the white house. >> i said it was critical for congress not to go home without preventing a tax increase on 160 million w
in syria to monitor the implementation of a peace deal between the assad regime and opposition forces. broadcast these images of carnage and rubble, the first direct attacks in the heart of damascus. doors and windows burst. everything was destroyed. people lying in bed were injured by shards of glass. >> the government says most of the victims were civilians. the assailants targeted syrian military intelligence and the powerful plainclothes security service. the blasts, a day after arab league observers started a mission to oversee an end to nine months of bloodshed in syria. assyria's deputy foreign minister -- syria's deputy foreign minister said anyone with a conscience must condemn the attacks. all along, the government has been claiming that terrorists and armed gangs were behind the uprising. now, syrian state television has blamed al qaeda for these blasts. >> for more analysis on what is happening in syria right now, i am joined in the studio by a middle east analyst. thanks for being with us. the syrian national council is saying that the syrian regime is directly responsibl
and around the globe. it is difficult to a imagine the situation in syria getting much worse. thousands are believed to have died since the struggle for democratic change began. some feel the country is now on the brink of civil war. what happened today was unprecedented. more than 40 people were killed in what is believed to have been to suicide bombings and damascus. the opposition accused the government of staging the blast to try to influence a team of arab service. >> this was a devastating escalation of violence. here in damascus, scenes that evoke the terror of neighboring iraq. according to the government, to suicide bombers drove cars into state intelligence buildings on the west side of the city. a vehicle mangled by the blast. all of this happened in an area that should be one of the most secure in the country. the dead and wounded were said to include security personnel and civilians. >> television broadcast images of the survivors as they recovered and hospital. >> i saw a black car and then an explosion. after that, i was taken to hospital. >> until today, damascus have la
in syria's bloody spiral of violence. suicide car bombs went off in damascus. tonight's images are especially graphic. the two car bombings left behind charred metal, shattered buildings and body parts. the big question, who's behind these deadly attacks? syria's government-run news agency say the attacks carry the blueprint of al qaeda, quote. cnn can't send a correspondent into syria. but our reporter is monitoring the situation from cairo tonight. the syrian government says al qaeda -- i don't believe the pronouncements by the syrian government. what do we know? >> reporter: john, as you said, the syrian government blaming al qaeda. but the opposition groups we're speaking with in syria, the activists there, they're laying the blame at the doorstep of bashad. they say it's convenient at a time when arab lead monitors in syria that bashad would make these claims. in this ten months the uprising has been going on, he's said repeatedly he and his troops are fighting terrorists, even though the international community is condemning he and his regime for the violence there, they
between turkey and saudi arabia and the stakes in iran of the current government in syria falls apart. this is about 90 minutes. good afternoon. i run the middle east program at the woodrow wilson international center for scholars. welcome to today's meeting and knees or allies in the new middle east -- turkey, iran, and saudi arabia. this meeting is part of an ongoing series of meetings we have had for a whole year since the beginning of the revolution in tunisia, egypt, libya, and yemen and also the ongoing events in syria and bahrain. our speakers today include a senior scholar at the woodrow wilson center and former cairo bureau chief for the washington post. we have the biographies of the speakers distributed, so i will be very brief. david's last paper as part of our occasional paper series was saudi arabia in that shadow of the arab revolt. we have a few copies still left. i would urge you to pick one on your way out. our second speaker is a former fellow at the wilson center. he is a professor of international relations at lehigh university. i just received a copy of his lates
are recorded dead from attacks that could complicate the relationship between syria's government and the rest of the world after they blew up bombs in damascus. state division reporting that al qaeda may have plotted the attack but the activists say the government staged it all for propaganda purposes. of course, we cannot confirm any of this for ourselves because syria will to the allow our journalists to cover the unrest. the united nations estimating more than 5,000 people have lost their lives sin the uprising began in march. and jonathan hunt is like in our new york city newsroom. jonathan, the timing is suspect. correct? >>jonathan: to say the least. obviously, the arab league observers have just arrived in syria and suddenly in one of the most heavy especially guarded parts of the capital that has been on police lockdown for many months, you get these attacks happening. many opposition act visits believe this is the regime of assad trying to present the protesters not as democracy activists but as terrorists. that is why they believe assad's regime could have been actually behind the b
suicide bombs killed dozens in syria, two cars blew up at the security areas and no one has claimed responsibility, some pointed to al qaeda, this is a day after the arab officials came to help with ending a plan to the bloodshed. >>> the gop candidates are making a final push and mitt ramallah is trying to show that he is the best republican in the race, but he fired back after taking a shot from the obama administration. the vice-president slammed his economic proposals -- you wonder in what respect he lives in. he should get out and meet with people and he seems to think he and the president made things better. >> ron paul is favored to win in iowa and he is tarting the areas around the shore. >>> a man that disappeared over the weekend and tonight a memorial service was held. another man was pull frd the water and then died, the girl friend that was rescued had hypothermia. >>> more on a santa sleigh colliding with a jet in a display and more on the retiring ed hale and more on the air jordans. look for the updated forecast, it is the first morning weather team. >>> we will have
-third of the world's oil tanker traffic goes through the strait. iranian ally syria says more than 2,000 of the security forces have died in the past nine months. syria blames political turmoil on a foreign conspiracy aimed at toppaling the regime with president bashar assad. this is amateur video that shows the city of homs after government shelling in that area. arab league observers arrive in damascus, the question of what iran is doing to aid syria has become a pressing one. correspondent leland vittert has details. >> syria's powerful air force and army are among the most well-equipped in the middle east. with the russian fighter jet, attack helicopters and tanks, president bashar assad has threatened to use them all against his own people to stay in power. fox news learned that iran and the revolutionary guard are going to great lengths to help assad. that doesn't surprise the israeli minister for strategic affairs. >> syria is part of what is called axis of evil. >> as they reference the ammunition supplies in the eight-month massacre of the pro-democracy demonstrators, wester
. >>> to overseas where a crackdown by syria's government continues without let up. human rights activists say at least six people were killed in fresh attacks by government forces yesterday. amateur video shows black smoke and flames and one syrian city after alleged shelling by the president's forces. arab league delegates arrived in syria thursday ahead of monitors who want to assess whether the government is complying to peace initiatives. there are reports coming in saying quote, terrorists, unquote, attacked security in damascus. state tv is describing it as a double suicide car bombing. a number of civilians have been killed. >>> here is your first look at other news going on. florida police cracked down a group of vandals, thanks to youtube. a video posted by the culprit showed video of them ransacking several stores. they brought in one teen for questioning who identified the rest of the suspects. >>> southern california's santa ana winds swept through yesterday hammering several neighborhoods. wind gusts 72 miles per hour were strong enough to rip trees from the ground and leave trac
on yesterday. tension in syria. pakistan. afghanistan. we saw what's going on in egypt. the violence against women in egypt that's brutal right now. so this is a president that even though he'll have a little time to relax, he's going to be on top of the situation, he's going to be briefed on a daily basis. so when you're president of the united states you can never really completely get away from your responsibilities as the commander in chief. he appreciates this. every president does, no matter where they go. >> what has this -- again to our viewers, just crossing over the top of the hour waiting for the president at any moment. they're a little behind schedule. he may be doing some business, has a couple things to sign before he comes out. but wolf, this legislative year, this congress, how is this going to go down now and they end it on another low note, i guess you could possibly say. but there have been a lot of low notes. we were taken to the brink of government shutdown time after time after time again this year. some of the fights and back-and-forth. we've unfortunately become accu
will be dangerous and difficult for iraq in the whole region, because things are nont calm in syria. >> thank you for your assessment. an advance team from the arab league has arrived in syria and head of an observer mission due to start at the end of this month. monitors will be tasked with determining whether the regime is taking steps to end its bloody crackdown on protesters. many opponents of president assad fear the regime will ramp up the violence to discourage protests ahead of the official start of the mission. human rights groups say syrian forces have killed more than 200 people this week alone. france has sparked a major diplomatic dispute with turkey by taking steps to criminalize the denial of genocide. the lower house of the french parliament has approved a bill that would make it illegal to deny the genocide of armenians by ottoman turks in world war one. the turkish prime minister denounced the draft law as politically motivated. ankara has since withdrawn its ambassador from paris and reduced its military cooperation with france. >> the turkish community of a french reacted to t
million workers. we will tell you what led to the final deal. >>> syria's capital is rocked by violence after nine months of protest and two deadly car bombs go on outside of security offices. we will have the latest. >>> wall street picks up. we will look at the better numbers and see if the rally will continue in the new year. >>> and snow in new mexico and the northeast means trouble for holiday travelers while parts of georgia clean up after serious storm damage. we will check the holiday forecast and find out who is having a white christmas "early" this friday morning, december 23rd, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning. i'm rebecca jarvis. >> i'm jim axelrod. erica hill and chris wragge are off this morning. >>> we begin with the news that the end of d.c. deadline is over. the payroll tax cut in time for christmas. on thursday, house republicans bowed to pressure from all sides agreeing to extend the tax cut for two more months. >> it would have been implemented next month for 160 million workers. sharyl attkisson is on capitol hill for us this morning with details. goo
's go to syria where two suicide car bombs ripped through the capitol there. look. these bomgs exploded back to back outside heavily guarded intelligence buildings. the blasts came one day after an arab league team arrived to monitor the government's promise to end its crackdown on protesters. the government blames the bombings on terrorists but opposition sources say the president was behind these attacks. >>> duling demonstrations underway in egypt. the scene in tahrir square, you're seeing there protesters are demanding that the ruling military council transfer power to civilians. they're outraged over this week's brutal crackdown. >>> elsewhere in cairo hundreds of pro-military demonstrators gathered to voice their support for the ruling party. >>> reversal today from north korea north korea as it prepares for the funeral of its dear leader, kim jong il. it says it will accept private condolence delegations from south korea. the two countries technically are still at war. earlier in the week the secretive government announced that it would not accept foreign delegations. kim's funer
in syria and that they've also witnessed the scene of the attack. no death toll and no casualty toll at this stage. syrian state television saying numerous people were injured and killed in these attacks. opposition figures in syria saying the regime is lying suggesting it's awfully convenient that these attacks come just one day after these members of the arab league have arrived and it really fits the narrative that the regime has been trying to say that they're fighting terrorism there and not trying to talk about the crackdown that's been going on against peaceful protesters. in the meantime, protests going on in several provinces and cities across syria. that's according to opposition protesters. protesters carrying signs mocking the protocol of blood, the protocol signed by the arab league and the syrian government for observers to go in and try to halt the violence. the protesters and activists say they believe this is just a stalling tactic and that the president of syria does not plan to stop his brutal crackdown any time soon. kyra? >> we've been watching these protests for
to this final deal. >>> syria's capital is rocked by violence for the first time in nine months of protests as two deadly car bombs go off outside security offices. >>> wall street picks up good speed before christmas. housing and consumer spending, we'll look at the numbers and see if the rally will continue in the new year. >>> and snow in new mexico and the northeast means trouble for holiday travelers while parts of georgia clean up after serious storm damage. we'll check the holiday forecast and find out who's having a white christmas early this friday morning, december 23rd, white christmas early this friday morning, december 23rd, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> final countdown is on to the big holiday weekend. no snow yet here in new york. good morning to you, i'm rebecca jarvis. >> i'm jim axelrod. >>> payroll tax cut just in time for christmas. agreeing to extend the tax cut for two more months. >> the deal will head off a tax increase that would have been implemented for the 160 million american workers next month. sharyl attkisson is live in washington. >> this morning was a
and misplaced. so far no one claimed responsibility for the twin attacks that killed at least 40 people in syria today. officials say that car bombings targeted heavily guard security and intelligence in the capital of damascus. those attacks from one day after arab league observers arrived. they are in syria to monitor the government's cross to end the crack down on protesters from syria to egypt. forget the past and move forward. that's what egypt urged after days of deadly clashes there. many don't want to hear it. today tens of thousands of protesters returned to tahrir square to denounce the deadly crack down. you can see the pictures and the country's military has been in power since the ousting of the former dictator in february. that has egyptians outraged saying the transition to democratic rule is taking way too long. nbc news foreign correspondent is joining me live from cairo there. what is the scene like right now? >> craig, the numbers are beginning to drop down a little bit. still a few thousand people here behind me hung up the flag around the entire circle. it's become iconic th
back from break. >>> still to come, bombing in syria and who some people think was behind the attack. >> the earthquakes in new zealand, sparking massive understood slides. the maryland make over, i'm here for the big reveal on the dome's new look. >> it will not absent white christmas, but what can we expect? the holiday forecast is coming up. >> with the holidays almost here, we are asking for your help as we deck the halls. here is what you sent to us. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, . >>> this is the oldest working state capitol in the country and the political reporter said that the indianapolis residents are pleased with the new look. >> they packed up the last of the scaffolds after 2500 people worked to paint and fix the state house dome and leaving every historic detail intact. the last renovation required restoring wood from dry rot and then the state was shut down for a 9 million renovation to rewire and replace the air conditioning and found out more on the structure. the dome was built with wood strap and straps and not nails. >> i'm thrilled, it is the best i have seen it. >> the last
at walmart. >>> grim pictures out of syria today. at least 40 people are dead after twin suicide car bombings erupted in the capital city of damascus. syrian state television reported the bombs targeted strategic security and intelligence buildings. the blasts come one day after an arab league team arrived to hold the syrian government to their promise to end a brutal crackdown on protesters. >>> elsewhere in the region today, take a live look at these pictures as thousands of people flood into egypt's tahrir square. they're denouncing the military's brutal crackdown on protesters, particularly on women, who have been brutalized and dragged through the streets. for more on this, i'm joined now by iman muhidin. want to ask you, in syria, the government is saying the bombings were the work of al qaeda. has that been substantiated and is that true? >> well, luke, good morning, first of all, it is very difficult to substantiate any of those claims, particularly because the syrian government bans foreign journalists from going into syria. the syrian government consistently portrayed all the acts o
? >>> plus, could twin suicide bombings in syria be the work of al qaeda? and happy holidays on wall street. holiday shoppers give the struggling economy a boost. >>> good day, i'm luke russert live in washington. the dramatic standoff over the payroll tax cut ended with the we werer shortly after 10:00 this morning when given the chance to object to the senate bill freshman house republicans kept quiet and let it pass. earlier today senate majority leader harry reid couldn't help taking a jab at the conservatives who had led the fight. >> i hope this congress has had a very good learning experience, especially those who are newer to this body. everything we do around here does not have to wind up in a fight. >> nbc's mike joins us from the white house and mike is nbc's political director. mike, give me the state of play. a little bit less to this press, is he going to take a little victory lap before his trip to a way we? >> i think so. he's going to punctuate the events from the week. it started with president obama on the defensive. he appeared in the briefing room just last saturday aft
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by syria's government has continued without let up, despite the arrival of arab league delegates. human rights activists say at least six people were killed in fresh attacks by government forces yesterday. amateur video shows black smoke and flames in one syrian city after alleged shelling by president al assad's forces. arab league arrived thursday ahead of monitors to assess whether the government is complying with a peace initiative. reports coming in from state-controlled syrian tv this morning which says, quote, terrorists, unquote, have attacked security facilities in damascus. >>> a look at other stories making news early today in america. police have tracked down a group of vandals all thanks to youtube. the video posted by the culprit show the crew of young criminals ransacking several stories. investigators brought in one teen for questioning who eventually identified the rest of the suspects. >>> southern california's notorious high-speed santa ana wind swept through yesterday, hammering several neighborhoods. wind gusts as high as 72 miles per hour were strong enough to rip
campaign less than two weeks before the iowa caucuses. >>> overseas, reports from state-controll eled syria tv sa there have been activists have struck with a car bomb and a number of civilians have been killed. the this is the first attack since the start of new president bashar alas aheal-asaad. monitors want to assess whether the government is complying with the peace initiative. >>> a look at other stories making news early today in america. police have tracked down a group of vandals all thanks to youtube. the video posted by the culprit show the crew of young criminals ransacking several stores. investigators brought in one teen for questioning who eventually identified the rest of the suspects. >>> southern california's notorious high-speed santa ana wind swept through yesterday, hammering several neighborhoods. wind gusts as high as 72 miles per hour were strong enough to rip trees from the ground and leave tractor trailers overturned. wind warnings and advisories are expected to end today. >>> powerful winds fanned the flames of a san francisco inferno. five-alarm blaze ripped thro
for votes of good fortune. >>> a team of observers from the arab league has arrived in syria because of the increasing violence in the country. full deployment of the foreign ministers is intended to oversee a peace plan that calls for the withdrawal of all troops from the streets and the release of all prisoners, but the violence goes on. in the latest incident, at least four civilians were killed. >>> hamas, which governs gaza, has joined the plo. hamas has reached agreement from plo membership with the arrival, which is in power on the west bank. the deal follows three days of talks in cairo in advance of the palestinian reconciliation. >>> republicans in the u.s. house of representatives said a vote on a deal to extend a payroll tax cut, their leader agreed to call a vote on the measure friday. the hope that it will save businesses. the bill was fought in the senate last -- the bill was passed in the senate last saturday but has exposed deep divisions among republicans. >>> for most of us, it is a tiny insect, but for more than 1000 years, the cricket has held a firm placed in th
in seoul. an advance team of observers from the arab league has arrived in syria after reports of increasing violence. they intend to oversee a peace plan and force withdrawal of troops from the streets and release of all prisoners. but the violence goes on. in the latest incident, at least four civilians are reported killed. palestinian faction hamas, which governs gaza, is to join the palestinian liberalization organization. they reached an agreement with rival fatah, which is in power in the west bank. the deal follows three days of talks in cairo. it is an advance toward palestinian reconciliation. u.s. representatives are to vote on a bipartisan deal to extend a payroll tax cut. leader john boehner has agreed to hold a vote on friday. there is a precision -- a provision to help small businesses attached. it was passed by the senate last saturday and has exposed deep divisions among republicans. the united nations has issued an appeal for $28 million in aid for the philippines, following the devastating storm that killed more than a thousand people. the government has said
's been the government versus protesters. but now suicide bombers unleashing terror in syria. some say it looks like the work of al qaeda. >>> plus, a man is so drunk that he asked his 9-year-old daughter, honey, can you drive for me? and now this -- >>> a wild year for celebrities, especially celebrity train wrecks. how all of the scandals unfolded live. >>> plus, folks are trying to keep kids off drugs but what do you do when there's a meth lab in school? yep, meth. we'll be right back. 8% every 10 years. wow. wow. but you can help fight muscle loss with exercise and ensure muscle health. i've got revigor. what's revigor? it's the amino acid metabolite, hmb to help rebuild muscle and strength naturally lost over time. [ female announcer ] ensure muscle health has revigor and protein to help protect, preserve, and promote muscle health. keeps you from getting soft. [ major nutrition ] ensure. nutrition in charge! @@ wait a second... with olay challenge that. new regenerist wrinkle revolution... relaxes the look of wrinkles instantly, and the look of deep wrinkles in 14 days. ready, se
in that way at one of the things that worries me about syria is when people say oh we can't have it here. we are so different and no one ever expected to happen in baghdadi there. no one expected it to happen in beirut and no one expected it to happen in sarajevo. it can happen anywhere. this was the sector leadership in iraq who found a system of governance that said this many shia, this many sunni, this many kurds work to their advantage. i don't think there was a broadband support for the lebanon the station of the iraqi political system which is why i say that our use of sectarianism undercuts the push to democracy and brother played into the sort of created warlords out of sectarian leaders. >> okay, please. >> microphone. >> the uphold and i'm talking about, october 2003, less than one in five iraqi's sol religion as having any role to play in governance as i recall back then. today you would get some very different numbers. >> thank you. i am from the arab league. i'm not sure if i mentioned are not the number of percentages of iraqi's -- what is the number? >> the democrats, 1000 ira
uprising in syria. two suicide bombings ripped through the heart of the syrian capital, damascus today. targeting a government security building and the equivalent of syria's cia. at least 30 people have been killed. now, 5,000 people have already died in the uprising this year. but this is the first, significant violence in the capital and comes just one day after arab league observers arrive, hoping to find a peaceful resolution there. the syrian government is blaming al qaeda for today's attacks. >>> meanwhile, the other breaking story overnight, new zealand jolted by another strong earthquake. people in christchurch, who are just rebuilding after last february's killer quake, ran. as you can see here, from supermarkets, office buildings, fearing the worst and rightly so. no serious damage has been reported. the 5.8 magnitude quake did collapse, though, the side of a cliff. you can see it there. four people had to be rescued after that rockslide. 182 people died back in last february's quake. >>> and the scandal over misidentified and misplaced graves at arlington national cemetery
bombers strike two government building in syria. this morning car bombs exploded outside security offices in damascus. syrian tv reports a number of military and civilian casualties. reports say the attacks bear the hallmark of al qaeda. >>> former senator john edwards hoping to delay his conspiracy trial because of what he calls an unexpected medical issue. the trial is supposed to begin next month, but edwards is asking for an additional 60 days. edwards is accused of using campaign money to hide his affair. >>> and the a series of earthquakes strikes christchurch, new zealand today. two 5.8 quakes each followed by aftershocks. at least two people hurt and roads hampered by falling rocks. >>> it's called tsa cares. a toll-free hot line to help travelers who have special medical needs. agents are going to answer questions about screening procedures and their going to attempt to coordinate checkpoint support. you can reach the hot line monday 24r50u friday, 9:00 to 9:00 eastern. the number, 855-787- 227. >>> well, that's the news you need to start your day. "american morning" back right a
to release a timetable for re-opening the monument to the public. overseas tonight in syria, dozens of people killed in twin car bombings outside the headquarters of the intelligence agency in damascus. the attacks are the first of their kind in the syrian capitol since the start of the uprising this year. >>> now to cairo where thousands of egyptians have been rallying in tahrir square today denouncing military violence against protesters, many of whom were women. at least 17 people have been killed in violent clashes h this week. nbc's amin mohadin has the latest. >> reporter: today it was on display miles away from each other. today the number reaching close to 25,000. the activists behind me supporting calls for the military to step down from power and to hand over power to an elected government as quickly as possible. they feel the military has exhausted its mandate and is unable or unfit to control more. across the street a short while -- distance from here the egyptian military and their supporters took to the street. there are those who believe the egyptian military retains a great de
suicide car bombings in syria. dozen killed in the attack on security service bases in damascus. more than 100 are wounded. right now it is believed to be the work of al qaeda. leland vitter live in our middle east bureau right now. >> reporter: hi, john. al qaeda link being made by none other than syrian state television and the syrian government. in cases like this where they don't allow foreign journalists inside syria to figure these things out or see the evidence first-hand you have to take it with a very big grain of salt. we do know that 40 people, possibly more were killed in twin car bombings and they were incredibly well-organized. we saw video from state television. the general intelligence agency and one of the military intelligence buildings in a very nice neighborhood of damascus were reduced to rubble. these car bombs were huge. at least one was some 650 pounds of explosives. and it was being able to be brought into damascus, very heavily fortified capitol there in syria. this took a lot of planning. the syrian government as you said blamed it on terrorists. well, that is ex
. the explosions came a day after an advance team of arab league observers arrived in syria to try to resolve the turmoil there. >>> in new zealand, it is shaking today. the city of christchurch isics braking for more aftershocks. there have been two quakes of magnitude 5.8 today plus some smaller quakes, as well. you can see people very shaken up there. about 60 have been treated for minor injuries or emotional difficulties. the city is still recovering from an earthquake that killed 182 people in february. >>> more americans are expected to take long trips for the holidays this season and the american automobile association says 92 million people will take trips of 50 miles or more between today and january 2. that would be an increase of almost 1.5% compared with last year. 90% of those are expected to go by car. gasbuddy.com says gasoline is more expensive than at this time last year but is less than it was earlier this year. you have to pay at the pump anyway. it's expensive. elizabeth, i hate paying for gas. >> my gaslight is on as we speak as i was driving into work. >> snowflake is on
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